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Ten Years Later- Scratch Shield Feedback

Old 12-16-2018, 08:29 PM
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Ten Years Later- Scratch Shield Feedback

After more than ten years of ownership for our '09 Platinum Graphite G37xS sedan, it was a sunny December day that allowed me to compare how the paint has held up. With all the comments on Infiniti/Nissan paint, I had no problems with the scratch shield paint over the years. The elastic clear coat seemed to swallow up the small scratches and swirls that usually show up in the first five years. After that, it seemed the scratch shield paint hardened up and acted like a standard clear coat. It still looks good and with Blackfire polish and sealant, it shows well after a short cleanup.

I compared with four of my other vehicles that were also detailed today. First up was my '08 KC LWB Titan with K51 (smoke) paint. This has had some severe fading and flaking on the roof, A-pillars, fenders and roof of the truck that required repainting last year. It is now cured and looks good with Crystal Serum Light (CSL) coating, as it lives outside 24/7. Other vehicles getting a quick wash today included my two 350Zs, both in Redline (AX6) paint. Both have Blackfire sealant for maintenance, although the '03 (street) track model still has it's original paint, while the '06 (race) SCCA T3-spec car has had a complete respray. Both are either garaged or stored in an enclosed trailer, but there's noting like a high-speed sandblasting to age paint. Next up, our '07 Versa SL hatchback in white gets used extensively during the winter. It also gets CSL since it lives outside and needs all the help it can get. The Versa was one of the first Mexican-built Nissans off the Aquacalientes line and has surprisingly good paint over the years. But nothing has held up as well as the finish on the '09 G37xS sedan. IMHO, the Scratch Shield paint option that was used on-and-off in the '09-13 model years was worth it. I only wish Infiniti/Nissan had continued to develop and refine it since that time.
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:52 PM
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Wondering what other G owners think about scratch shield paint? It's no panacea, but it does seem to limit swirls and light scratches over the years. What do you '09 and '11-12 G owners think?
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